12.18.2010

Resurrection of the iPhone



This is Steve's original iPhone. Well, technically, it's his third iPhone. But since he went through number one and number two in a matter of months, we call it his original iPhone.

This first-generation iPhone has been through a lot. It was dropped on the ground hundreds of times and was even lost out on the golf course for a night. When Steve went back to see if they had found a phone, the groundskeeper returned it, soaking wet from the sprinklers. Over time, the shattered screen caused some visibility issues and Steve even got tiny glass splinters in his thumbs a few times. Amazingly, the phone still worked.

But when The iPhone 4 was released in June, Steve eagerly replaced his battered phone and tossed it in his nightstand drawer.

About a month or so ago, I was reading on the internet about jailbreaking iPhones and came across an article about how to operate inactive iPhones as. . . basically, an iPod Touch. All I had to do was charge the phone, connect it to my computer, and open iTunes. . .

. . . And voila, we had an iPod Touch. Perfect for careless kids since, well, it had already been broken by their careless father.

The old iPhone has been the source of much entertainment, education, and far too much fighting. Before the resurrection of the iPhone, I didn't have any games downloaded on my phone. I didn't want the kids to have any more reasons to like my phone. (Rachel has a bit of an obsession with checking the weather forecast, sending text messages, checking my calendar, etc.) But now we have all sorts of amazing apps for kids downloaded on our phones. Here are our current favorites:


1. Talking Tom Cat (Free) Tom is your pet cat, and he responds to your touch and repeats everything you say in a funny voice. You can pet him, poke him, grab his tail, and give him a glass of milk. I actually don't really like the other features; the voice recording/repeating function is what I love about this app. I need to go back to the folks at Early Intervention who tested Kaleigh and show them what a difference Tom Cat made with her verbal skills. She likes to talk to/yell at the cat on a regular basis.


2. ConnectDots (99 cents) The Preschool Connect the Dots Game bridges the gap between traditional "Dot to dot" game and 21st century technology. Kids can tap or draw to connect sequential numbers, upper case letter, and lower case letters. Joining all the dots forms the outline of the shape and reveals the illustrated image, a sound effect, and the object name spoken by a speech therapist. With over 200 puzzles, children can randomly play from a number of different categories. Adam cannot stop playing this game and has learned the letters of the alphabet and how to count to twenty.


3. Ant Smasher (99 cents) We downloaded this app back when it was free, but it's definitely worth a buck. It's a basic game that helps develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. But to be honest, I love it for the awesome sound effects of the bugs splatting against the screen. And that Adam (accidentally?) figured out how to change the background to this picture of Lucy eating a worm all by himself. He really pulls off some amazing things every once in a while.


4. DoodleBuddy (Free) Electronic finger painting. What could be better than that? It also has cool backgrounds, stamps, and funny sounds.

So there you have it. We love our iPhones. Even the old broken ones.

2 comments:

Rebecca said...

Thanks for posting this. I am going to download the other ones. We just LOVE the Talking Tom one...for anyone else reading this, it is SO FUNNY!

Rebecca said...

I just read your "about me" on your sidebar. Love it! I'm with you! No dogs:) I'd like to think I had something to do with you changing your mind on some of those items you now love:)